Man struck by Metro train near Rockville Metro station

Montgomery County firefighters are seen on the tracks of Metro after rescuing a woman from under a Metro train.(Courtesy Montgomery County Fire and Rescue)
A firefighter is seen at the edge of a fence that firefighters cut through to get to a woman trapped undera Metro train on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. (Courtesy Montgomery County Fire and Rescue)
Firefighter cut through a fence after a man climbed over it and was struck by a train in Rockville. (Courtesy Courtesy Montgomery County Fire and Rescue)
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A man suffered life-threatening, traumatic injuries after a Metro train struck him not far from the Rockville, Maryland, station Tuesday morning.

Metro Transit police said in a tweet that the man had climbed a fence next to the Metro tracks in Montgomery County.

The train struck the man about a quarter of a mile from the Rockville station around 5:40 a.m., according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue spokesman Pete Piringer.

Firefighters rescued the man from under the train as passengers stayed on board.

“This is what we call a tactical rescue. They cut a hole in the fence, had to get down onto the track bed, and remove that person from underneath the train,” Piringer told NBC Washington.

 

Authorities initially said a man was struck, then said it was a woman, then said it was a man. WTOP is looking into the contradicting statements.

Metro Transit police at 7:06 a.m. said all of the passengers have been safely taken off the train.

Metro’s Red Line trains ran on a single track between Shady Grove and Twinbrook for almost two hours during the rescue operations.

WTOP’s Andrea Cambron contributed to this report.

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